Seeing ourselves in science
Science identity – when students see themselves (and are recognised by others) as someone who understands, uses and does science – is an evolving component of science education. As educators, we can help students develop science identity by introducing them to ‘influential others’ within the community and by providing authentic science experiences.
Connecting with an influential community of scientists
Capitalise on our new content: In Her Nature: New Zealand women changing the way we connect with the world around us. We feature 11 New Zealand women working at the intersection of people and nature. The Hub has many other profiles – check them out on our Pinterest boards: NZ scientists on the Hub and Māori & Pasifika in STEM. Find out what motivates them in the article Working as a scientist.
Connecting with scientists has ideas on how to establish contacts with local scientists and ways to make the best use of the experience. You can also contact the Hub and we’ll use our extensive social media outreach to try and find someone to help.
Don’t forget your own role as an influential other! By regularly creating opportunities for students to engage with science in and outside your classroom, you are role modeling yourself in science to both your students and your peers.